"Teaching with Freedom's Frontier Historic Places" is a series of lesson plans using national register nominated structures within the 41 counties of Freedom's Frontier. Modeled after the National Park Service program "Teaching with Historic Places," these lesson plans provide new ways of looking at our local history. Each location selected reflects one of the three core themes of Freedom's Frontier: Shaping the Frontier, the Missouri Kansas Border War, and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom. Have any questions about this program, or are you interested in developing lesson plans for your own site? E-mail Education & Interpretation Manager Liz Hobson.
Paseo YMCA: Serving the Needs of a Growing Community in the Face of Segregation
In these activities using primary sources related to the Paseo YMCA, students will examine the strength of community in meetings its growing needs in the face of segregation in Kansas City's 18th and Vine neighborhood during the early years of the 20th century.
Y.M.C.A. Made New (brochure)
A Building for Colored Men in Kansas City (brochure)
What the Y.M.C.A. is Doing to Save Boys and Young Men (flyer)
Paseo YMCA Architectural Plans 1913
Kansas City Negroes Aid Themselves / (transcription)
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: Serving the Needs of People on the Move
In these activities using primary and secondary sources, students will investigate the role of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in the development of Olathe and Kansas through the lenses of geography, government, history, and economics.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site WebsiteLesson Plan
Johnson County 1874 Atlas Olathe Map
Johnson County 1874 Atlas Mahaffie Farm
Carrie Stearns Account
Ella Mahaffie Recollections
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Newspaper Reference
Mahaffie Farmstead National Register of Historic Places Nomination
Pictures of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site- July 2016
The John Wornall House: The War Comes Home
In these activities using primary and secondary sources, students will examine the use of the Wornall House as a Civil War field hospital and the impact of the war on the home front.
Wornall Majors House Museum Website